T-60

Hi folks, Recently, I’ve been contemplating this 1556 map of New France by Giacomo Gastaldi. It’s based on work by Jacques Cartier and other explorers of the time. Canada may be turning 150 this year but its European roots go back almost 500 years. What preparations were undertaken for Cartier’s  journey? What surprises did they encounter along the way? And …

Wilderness camping in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia offers a wealth of wilderness camping areas, many of which are situated along the Atlantic coast. Through my search for eligible coastal camping spots for my trip around the province, I’ve discovered an awesome resource that will help me identify them. I recently had the opportunity to meet with the Protected Areas and Ecosystems policy & program coordinator …

T-100

It’s 100 days until I start my trip around Nova Scotia. Trip preparation is on my mind every single day. It’s something I balance with work, home, and life’s other demands. Iain has been super supportive, suffering endless camp food experiments and trudging through fields and marshland helping me scout land routes. My friends have also been supportive, offering their …

Courage or mid-life Crisis?

I have a personal project that I’m intent on achieving this year that is either courageous or the consequence of a mid-life crisis. Probably both. But first, some context… I’m turning 50 in September. I’m not unhappy with that fact but it does lead me to reflect deeply on the significance of being a half century old, and most likely past …

Feature Trip: Solo Camping in Little Harbour, NS

Despite the remarkably short, unchallenging, and uneventful paddle to a tiny island in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, my first solo camping experience will stand out as an eventful personal milestone. Last season I checked off a longish solo day paddle from my list of “to have” experiences. I’ve since followed that up with a number of longer day paddles and …

Coastal Adventures Annual Sea Kayakers’ Meeting 2016

As I contemplated making the rock hop through a particularly short slot on the outside of Borgles Island, two things occurred to me: this wasn’t the kind of fun I expected from a Nova Scotia sea kayak tour company; and I should have brought my play boat instead. This past weekend I attended the Coastal Adventures 27th annual Sea Kayakers’ meeting …

Feature Trip: Blue Rocks, NS

The picturesque fishing village of Blue Rocks is one of my favourite places to paddle in Nova Scotia. Located just outside of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the maze of blue-grey coloured islands and islets inspire the name of this area. From half day trips for absolute beginners in sheltered water to full days of fun in exposed, lumpy water …